|The Front Page
On the twentieth floor of the Hancock Building, the Christian magazine
publisher looked down at the street from his penthouse office. On his
mahogany desk was a pile of books and periodicals. To his right were a
coffee table and three armless chairs. In the middle chair sat an attractive
The city was alive with rush hour traffic. The pedestrians reminded him
of insects, moving in random patterns. He muttered under his breath, They
look like ants.
Did you say something, boss? The young reporter looked up
with eager eyes. Her boss didnt look at her. He hated having to
tell her the bad news.
Now, about this article of yours, its too controversial.
We cant print it. He stared out the window again. Im
Why cant you print it? Ive documented every fact. The
key subjects are all on record and theres no way we can be sued.
Listen , your source says that 90 percent of Americans who said
a salvation prayer arent really saved.1
Thats just too far out. I dont want those kind of statements
linked in any way to our magazine.
My source happens to be the most famous street evangelist in history.
Hes published numerous books, been endorsed by big name ministries,
has a massive following and does a TV show with a movie star.
Yeah? Well hes not big enough to take on the evangelical establishment!
Im sorry. If we publish your article, they could break us ... just
like that! He slammed his hand on the table for effect. Where
do you think we get the advertising dollars that pays your salary?
But this is a bigger scandal than Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker
put together! I meanmillions of people who think theyre saved
are going to hell!